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: Jack and the Beanstalk

Comedy reworking of the classic fairy tale, starring Bud Abbott and Lou Costello.
Director Jean Yarbrough (1952)
(Colour and sepia) Films: pp 56-64 **


Unknown: Bud Abbott
Unknown: Lou Costello.
Director: Jean Yarbrough

: Peter Ibbetson

Romantic fantasy drama starring Gary Cooper. Working on a duke's property, an architect recognises the duchess as a childhood playmate. The duke, unfortunately, misreads their affection as romantic interest. Director Henry Hathaway (1935)
(BW) Films: pp 56-64 ****


Unknown: Gary Cooper.
Director: Henry Hathaway

: People's Century

9.10 1991: People Power. East Europeans and Soviets tell their story of communism's fall and the break up of the Soviet Union. (Colour and BW)
10.05 1997: Fast Forward. The series on the 20th century ends with a look at how the pace of change accelerated after the fall of communism.

: Christmas Oratorio

The fifth part of Bach's Christmas Oratorio, written for the first Sunday of the new year. Concludes on Thursday at 10.50am

: Robot Wars

More radio-controlled clashes in the gladiatorial arena.
Shown New Year's Eve 8pm

: Jim Henson's TheStoryteller

Animated series based on folk tales, written by Anthony Minghella. The True Bride. A badly treated servant receives a visit from a lion with a magic gift. With the guest voices of Jane Horrocks and Sean Bean. The series concludes tomorrow 12.25pm


Written By: Anthony Minghella.
Unknown: Jane Horrocks
Unknown: Sean Bean.

: The Thrill of It All

Romantic comedy, continuing the season of films starring
Doris Day. Also starring
James Garner. A housewife becomes an overnight TV sensation - much to the disgust of her husband - when she stars in a commercial. Director Norman Jewison (1963)
Please Don 't Eat the Daisies concludes the Doris Day season tomorrow 8.05am Films: pp 56-64 ***


Unknown: James Garner.
Director: Norman Jewison

: Millennium Service for England

Live coverage from St Paul's
Cathedral as the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh and senior cabinet ministersjoin a congregation of 2,000 for an act of thanksgiving and commitment.
The service, also broadcast on Radio 4, includes Sir Peter
< Maxwell Davies 's new setting of the Jubilate Deo, readings by Patricia Hodge , Richard Griffiths and Booker Prize-winner
Ben Okri , and a 250-voice children's choir. Ed Stourton sets the scene. TV presentation Steven Benson


Unknown: Maxwell Davies
Unknown: Patricia Hodge
Unknown: Richard Griffiths
Unknown: Ben Okri
Unknown: Ed Stourton
Unknown: Steven Benson

: The Time Machine

A sci-fi triple bill starts with this fantasy based on the story by HG Wells. Starring
Rod Taylor. New Year's Eve, 1899: an inventor informs his friends that he intends to take a voyage into the future. Hurtling through the centuries in his time machine, he comes to rest in a paradise that soon turns into a nightmare. (1960, PG)
Battlestar Galactica follows at 5.10pm Films: pp 56-64 ****


Story By: HG Wells
The Time Traveller: Rod Taylor.
Director: George Pal

: Battlestar Galactica

Sci-fi adventure, continuing today's triple bill. In outer space, President Adar, leader of the 12 colonies of humankind, has summoned a peace conference to end 1,000 years of war with the Cylons. But Captain Apollo, flying a patrol, discovers that the conference is a cover for a Cylon attack.
Director Richard A Colla (1978. PG)
Star Trek II: the Wrath of Khan follows at 7.10pm
Films: pp 56-64 **


Commander Adama: Lorne Greene
Captain Apollo: Richard L Hatch
Lieutenant Starbuck: Dirk Benedict
Athena: Maren Jensen
Lt Boomer: Herb Jefferson Jr
Colonel Tigh: Terry Carter
Serina: Jane Seymour
Boxey: Noah Hathaway
President Adar: Lew Ayres
Count Baltar: John Colicos
Ensign Greenbean: Ed Begley Jr
Sire Uri: Ray Milland

: Star Trek II: the Wrath of Khan

Concluding today's sci-fi triple bill is this sequel to the original feature, based on the TV series, starring
William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy. In the 23rd century, an old foe of James T Kirk returns to wreak havoc and seek revenge. At stake are the mysterious Genesis device and the lives of those Admiral Kirk holds most dear. Widescreen.
Director Nicholas Meyer (1982, PG) Star Trek: Deep Space Nine is on Wednesday at 6.45pm Films: pp 56-64 ****


Unknown: William Shatner
Unknown: Leonard Nimoy.
Unknown: James T Kirk
Director: Nicholas Meyer
Admiral Kirk: William Shatner
Spock: Leonard Nimoy
McCoy: Deforest Kelley
Scott: James Doohan
Chekov: Walter Koenig
Sulu: George Takei
Cmdr Uhura: Nichelle Nichols
Dr Carol Marcus: Bibi Besch
David: Merritt Butrick
Terrell: Paul Winfield
Saavik: Kirstie Alley
Khan: Ricardo Montalban

: The Sleeping Beauty

A new, award-winning adaptation of Tchaikovsky ballet - performed by the Swedish ballet company Cullbergballet and choreographed by Mats Ek - which received its UK stage premiere at this year's Edinburgh Festival. Starring Vanessa de Ligniere and Gamal Gouda.
Though Ek uses the familiar musical score, he has brought the story very much into the 20th century, with the fairies as a forties singing group and Carabosse, played as a male, being both a sinister doctor who presides at Princess Aurora's birth and the drug-dealing lover who introduces her to the hypodermic needle.


Introduced By: Deborah Bull
Television Director: Gunilla Wallin
Princess Aurora: Vanessa de Ligniere
Carabosse: Gamal Gouda
Queen Silvia: Gunhilla Hamar
King Florestan: George Elkin
Prince Desire: Eytan Sivak

: Arena

The Fine Art of Separating People from Their Money. Actor Dennis Hopper plays the eccentric host to this guide to the world of commercial creativity. The programme analyses advertising's true place in modern-day, media-obsessed popular culture, highlighted by clips from some extreme and powerful examples of the genre featuring such talents as Leslie Nielsen , Dudley Moore and John Cleese.
Offbeat contributions come from film directors Tony Scott ,
Spike Lee and Alan Parker , actor Anthony Quinn , musicians Dave Stewart and David Bowie , and top advertising executives, who discuss the rise of commercials as an art form and their considerable influence on feature films.
Drop Squad, a satire on the world of advertising, follows.
Director Herman Waske : Series producer Anthony Wall


Unknown: Dennis Hopper
Unknown: Leslie Nielsen
Unknown: Dudley Moore
Unknown: John Cleese.
Directors: Tony Scott
Directors: Spike Lee
Directors: Alan Parker
Unknown: Anthony Quinn
Musicians: Dave Stewart
Musicians: David Bowie
Director: Herman Waske

: Drop Squad

Satire. A black advertising executive becomes the target of an outlaw African-American group that abducts "brothers" and "sisters" who deny their cultural heritage. Widescreen.
Director David Johnson (1994, 15) Films: pp 56-64 **


Director: David Johnson
Bruford Jamison Jr: Eriq La Salle
Rocky: Vondie Curtis-Hall
Garvey: Ving Rhames
XB: Leonard Thomas
Trevor: Michael Ralph
Huey: Billy Williams
Stokeley: Eric A Payne
Mali: Vanessa Williams

: Fallen Angels

The series of dark tales from America concludes with this story directed by and starring Kiefer Sutherland. Love and Blood. Boxer Matt Cordell is unsure whether he can trust his cheating wife when she returns and continues to pledge her love. Ends 1.55am


Unknown: Kiefer Sutherland.
Unknown: Boxer Matt Cordell

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